Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The Maya Train is transporting an average of 917 passengers per day on the section of routes currently in operation. However, that figure is expected to increase significantly at the end of the month with the opening of section 5 north.
That section will allow train passengers to expand Tren Maya travel from Cancun through Puerto Morelos to Playa del Carmen. To date, nearly 40,000 people have traveled along the open sections 1 to 4 routes.
Óscar David Lozano Águila, the Director of Tren Maya reported from December 16, 2023 to January 28, 2024, the Maya Train completed 239 trips and transported 37,601 passengers.
He says on average, the occupancy of the trains has been close to 72 percent with around 157 passengers per unit, adding that train passengers get on and off the train along its route.
Currently, there are 22 Tren Maya stations in operation. Of those stations, Lozano Águila says the Merida Teya–Cancun Airport route has sold the most tickets followed by San Francisco Campeche–Merida Teya route and the Cancun Airport–Merida Teya route.
In this pre-opening phase, the station with the most demand has been Mérida Teya, with 9,704 passengers followed by the Cancun Airport station with 9,352 passengers.
Last week, the Government of Mexico opened a new website for the online sale of Tren Maya tickets. While tickets cannot yet be purchased for the upcoming section 5 north, authorities have announced three daily departures for those routes.
Colonel Blas Andrés Núñez Jordan, Operations Coordinating Center head for Tren Maya says section 5 north (Cancun to Playa del Carmen) is nearing 90 percent finished. That section is scheduled to be operational for February 29, 2024.
The remaining sections 5 south to 7 are still under construction and are without an official inauguration date.